Travel the world in Everyman season; World premieres, comedy and music dominate programme

Actors Ciarán MacArtain and Ciara Marfin, who host the behind-the-scene tours of the Everyman, recreate a Charlie Chapil scene at the launch of the theater’s new season. Tickets and information for all shows are on sale now from everymancork.com. Picture: Darragh Kane

World premiers, comedy, music, and plays will dominate the summer/autumn programme at the Everyman Theatre in Cork.

Details of some of the offerings were provided last night at a special function at the venue including the announcement that rehearsals are already underway for the world premiere of Evening Train, the musical based on the songs and story of Cork musician Mick Flannery’s much-loved album of the same name.

Directed by Annabelle Comyn and adapted by Flannery with Ursula Rani Sarma, it will open on June 23 as part of the Cork Midsumer Festival.

The Everyman will also host a new production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, directed by Conor Hanratty. The twist is it’s a female version. Early autumn will see the theatre stage another world premiere, the second installment of Gare St Lazare’s latest Beckett adaptation, How It Is: Part Two.

Audiences will be able to avail of the first opportunity to see The Alternative, Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland, before it embarks on a national tour. Asking for It returns for a limited run in September.

The powerful play, adapted from the book of the same name by acclaimed writer, Louise O’Neill, had sell-out runs in Cork and Dublin last year and generated phenomenal critical.

For comedy fans, there’s plenty of top-drawer acts to choose from including Andrew Ryan, Reginald D Hunter, and the return of Waterford Whispers Live and Tommy Marron’s Three Hail Marys.

Meanwhile, the music programme covers a huge range of styles and tastes, including a celebration of Vera Lynn’s music later this month, Karen Underwood with her Aretha Franklin Songbook, Irish folk rock star Wallis Bird, and many more artists.

Camille O’Sullivan will be back in her native city with her play The Rape of Lucrece, and Cobh actor and writer Pat Kinevane will stage his new play Before. Executive director of the theatre, Seán Kelly said he is looking forward to a very busy summer.

He said he is delighted that audience numbers continue to grow at the venue, which is testament to the innovative and exciting programme.

“There is a vast array of offerings, appealing to people of all ages and interests,” said Mr Kelly.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now from everymancork.com or at the box office on (021) 4501 672.

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